My Morning Jacket
At Dawn


4.5
superb

Review

by Cloudy USER (1 Reviews)
February 3rd, 2010 | 4 replies | 7,124 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 'At Dawn' sounds like sunset on a beautiful summer evening with a cold beer in your hand. If that sounded like anything.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

With it's shimmering mix of rock, country, folk, psychedelic, and occasionally reggae, At Dawn is one of those albums that makes you feel like it's summer even in the middle of a winter snowstorm. Filled with upbeat melodies, fantastic guitar hooks, and the wonderful vocals of frontman Jim James, this is the kind of music that you can sink into, making it seem like all the problems in the world are gone for a while.

The music itself is fantastically written from start to finish. Highlights include the blues-tinged 'Honest Man', the epic 'Strangulation!', which, after a frantic intro, features some beautifully minimalist guitar playing, before finally building up again at the end, and 'Phone Went West' with it's reggae-influenced rythym and reverb-laden guitar, and a chorus that you'll be singing along to in no time.

The album's one downfall could be that it does start to drag a bit in the middle. With a running time of almost 75 minutes it's not the shortest album in the world, and there are a few tracks which feature little more than Jim James and his guitar. Not that this is a bad thing, but the real high points of the album are the tracks where the whole band comes together and creates something special. And there's so many fantastic songs on here as to make it an essential listen.


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klap
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2010



10258 Comments


well-written, if a little short. try expanding things next time!

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juiceviaorange
May 30th 2011



285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking album is ace

Snooze00
January 21st 2013



229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is great but It could use a bit of trimming. Theres a couple of songs that are quite dull and could be sacrificed. Also you really need to be in the mood for this because its very slow and sleepy.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2013



14989 Comments


this is good



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